Table of contents

  1. Njoki Wane, Rose Ann Torres, Dionisio Nyaga
  2. Jeremiah Chin, Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Nicholas Bustamante
  3. Leonie Pihama, Jenny Lee-Morgan
  4. Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu, Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua
  5. Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Linda Tuhiwai Smith
  6. Chen-Feng Joy Lin, I-An Grace Gao, Pi-I Debby Lin

About this book


This book is a state-of-the-art reference work that defines and frames the state of thinking, research and practice in indigenous education. The book provides an authoritative overview of the subject in one text.

The work sits within the context of The UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that states “Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education” (Article 14.1). Twenty-five years ago a book of this nature would have been largely written by non-Indigenous researchers about Indigenous people and education. Today Indigenous researchers can write this work about and for themselves and others.

The book is comprehensive in its coverage. Authors are drawn from various individual jurisdictions that have significant indigenous populations where the issues include language, culture and identity, and indigenous people’s participation in society. It brings together multiple streams of research by ‘new’ indigenous voices. The book also brings together a wide range of educational topics including early childhood education, educational governance, teacher education, curriculum, pedagogy, educational psychology, etc. The focus of one body of work on Indigenous education is a welcome enhancement to the pursuit of the field of Indigenous educational aspirations and development.


Indigenous education Aboriginal education Native education school systems Indigenous curriculum teaching and learning Indigenous pedagogy Indigenous achievement Indigenous students Colonialism and Education indigeneity marginalisation in education

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Ann McKinley
    • 1
  • Linda Tuhiwai Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourne Graduate School of EducationMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor MāoriThe University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

About the editors

Professor Elizabeth McKinley is currently Professor Indigenous Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at the University of Melbourne. Her role is to establish, build and provide leadership to the school’s Indigenous Education Research Centre. Professor McKinley brings extensive experience in leading research, and research and development (R&D) projects with Indigenous students and collaborating with, and drawing on the expertise of, other R&D teams. During her term at Auckland she was a Professor in Māori (Indigenous) Education at the University of Auckland, and the director for The Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success, which is a Partnership for Excellence between the University of Auckland and the government of New Zealand. This 10 year externally funded project has focused on students from schools that serve our low socio-economic communities, particularly Maori (indigenous) and Pacific Island students. Professor McKinley also co-led, with 2 other academics from different institutions, a major R&D project to increase the achievement of Maori students in English medium schools. Professor McKinley brings extensive experience in research relating to school wide change for Māori and Pacific students, and in higher education. She has also had extensive experience at research higher degree supervision and postgraduate teaching.

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development, Dean of the School of Māori Development and the Pro Vice Chancellor Māori at Waikato University. She has taught and researched in Māori and Indigenous Education for three decades and before that was a teacher and school counsellor. She has helped lead and been a participant in many indigenous educational initiatives in New Zealand, including developing alternative Māori language schools Kura Kaupapa Māori, co-leading the Māori Centre of Research Excellence Nga Pae o Te Māramatanga and working within institutions to create better learning environments for Māori achievement. Professor Smith is a former President of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education. She was a member of the Health Research Council and Chair of the Māori Health Committee. She is currently a member of the Marsden Fund and Convenor of the Social Sciences Panel and a member of the Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Internationally she is most known for her 1989 book “Decolonizing Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples,” and her work with Kaupapa Māori.

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